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Old December 20 2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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So what are you reading, now? Part V

Last time on this thread!

So another six months have passed and with it another 1000 posts have been and gone resulting in part five of this somewhat, semi epic thread.

So the question is, what are you reading?

I myself am still rereading the Harry Potter series of books, I'm about half way through Half Blood Prince.
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Old December 20 2010, 01:35 PM   #2
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

I'm rereading Alan Dean Foster's Star Trek Logs for the first time in many years. I'm struck by how often his descriptions of the appearance of things matches what was onscreen, often more so than is typical for novelizations. I'm wondering if he saw the episodes in advance or had access to storyboards. (That's assuming the 1993 editions I'm reading didn't have any rewriting done.)
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Old December 20 2010, 04:21 PM   #3
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

I'm finishing up The Delta Anomaly, after which I'll be moving on to Tablet & Pen, an anthology of writing from the Muslim world which I got from someone a while back as a belated birthday present after putting it on my Amazon Wishlist.
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Old December 20 2010, 05:24 PM   #4
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

I'm reading The Great American Wolf, but keep getting distracted by Asimov's The Golden Door.
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Old December 20 2010, 05:26 PM   #5
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

Finished 'Engines of Destiny' and am working on Strange New Worlds #9. Good books.
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Old December 20 2010, 07:12 PM   #6
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

Finished Seize The Fire, and (gasp) actually mostly liked it. Review is in that thread.

I was going to start the Vorkosigan Saga, but I read the first couple pages of Cryptonomicon to a friend to explain why Neal Stephenson was so awesome, and found myself hooked again. So it looks like I'm re-reading that next.
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Old December 20 2010, 07:27 PM   #7
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

Half way through my last Patricia Highsmith novel, Tremor of Forgery. Good stuff. She wrote 18 novels and I think a third were classics, a third were pretty good and a third, not so good. She had a tendency to finish off some books with the sudden and inexplicable death of a major character, leaving you with a feeling that she couldn't come up with an ending.

Also half way through Little Fuzzy in preparation Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation which is coming out next year.

Only Star Trek books I'm planning to read by the end of the year, and I might not get to them, are the Shattered Light and What's Past trades.
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Old December 20 2010, 07:33 PM   #8
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Old December 20 2010, 08:35 PM   #9
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

^Replay is one of my favorite books.

I just read Darkship Thieves and Citadel. I'm really enjoying Ringo's new series (even if Citadel started a bit slow until Tyler Vernon came back into the story).
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Old December 20 2010, 08:37 PM   #10
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

I am about 50% through the last Destiny book and about 24% through Iain M Banks "Consider Phlebas".
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Old December 20 2010, 08:42 PM   #11
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Now up to about the last hundred pages of Kavalier & Clay.

What books do people have on their Christmas list? I've got Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars and The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman.
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Old December 20 2010, 11:22 PM   #12
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

I just finished "Loosing the peace" weird book. Not a bad book, but seeing the Feds being scandalized and shocked in face of things quite mild compared to what some real humans are going through today disconnected me from the characters.

I think it's about them coming to terms with the post war horrors and realizing the necessary commitment to restore the Federation, but it made some of the characters look like pampered privileged crying about a broken nail.

Currently reading "Wintersmith" by T. Pratchett.

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24% through Iain M Banks "Consider Phlebas".
I liked this one a lot.
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Old December 21 2010, 01:52 AM   #13
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

Recently finished "Shaken" by J.A. Konrath. It's his latest Jack Daniels book. Very good thriller.

I've just started Game Of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin. haven't read any of Martin's work since the Armmegedon Rag and Fever Dream, so I thought it was high time again.

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Old December 21 2010, 06:05 AM   #14
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Re: So what are you reading, now? Part V

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I just finished "Loosing the peace" weird book. Not a bad book, but seeing the Feds being scandalized and shocked in face of things quite mild compared to what some real humans are going through today disconnected me from the characters.

I think it's about them coming to terms with the post war horrors and realizing the necessary commitment to restore the Federation, but it made some of the characters look like pampered privileged crying about a broken nail.
But you need to remember that what real humans are going through today is 400 years into the past for these characters. These people are, by our standards, absolutely lead very privileged and pampered lives.

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Old December 21 2010, 06:08 AM   #15
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I'm currently reading Weight of Stone by Laura Anne Gilman, the second book of her Vineart War series, and a strong recommend (along with Book One, Flesh and Fire).
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